Melbourne Girls' College

04 May 2017
Issue Six
Important Dates
Principal's Report
Year 10 News
School Photos
Legacy Day
 Confucius Classroom News 
International Student Program News
Year 7 News 
Performing Arts News
Parents' Association
Trivia Night
Environment News
2017 Camps, Sport and Excursion Funding​
Melbourne Girls' College
9428 8955
Yarra Boulevard
Richmond, VIC, 3121

Important Dates


9-11th May: NAPLAN for Years 7 and 9

12th May: Parents' Association Mother's Day Breakfast

18th & 19th May: Dance Night

27th May: Parents' Association Trivia Night



16th June: Curriculum, Assessment,  Reporting, Student Free Day

3rd June: Additional Information Session for Prospective Year 7 2018 Students

30th June: End of Term 2

Principal's Report

Information Night 26th April and Open Day 27th April

Thank you to our Public Relations Captain Naomi Miller who organised one of our most successful Open Days ever! Naomi ensured the day focused on welcome and inclusion. Naomi was ably supported by P.R. Vice-Captain Claudia Junge in preparing the Junior Ambassadors for school tours and responding to the various questions of prospective students and parents.


At the Information Night our College Captains spoke from the heart about being an MGC student; the challenges, the opportunities, the friendships and their positive relationships with teachers. Many thanks also to Girls’ Leadership Leader, Ella McDonald, Brent Houghton and all Staff, for their work on Open Day.



Learning @ MGC

We are continuing the work on building a growth mindset to learning with every student. It is complex research but can be as simple as responding to the statement, “I can’t do maths” with “You can’t do that aspect of maths yet but you will”. Parents can also help us in this approach. Valuing the hard work and persistence rather than seeing perfection first time as the goal is essential to how students learn more from their errors than getting everything right all the time.



Learning Community Connection

On 27th April we hosted a delegation from Queensland exploring best practice in learning frameworks, student engagement and internationalizing schooling to ensure our students are true global citizens. The feedback below accurately describes our students.                                                                                                


Hi Karen,              
                                                                                                                                                                                                               Our visit to Melbourne Girls’ College was a wonderful experience for all of us. The culture of the school will stay with us for some time. Everywhere we went the students were so well presented, engaged and enjoying themselves. The time you and some of your team spent with us was invaluable in helping us begin to shape the future direction of our schools. The resources, including the survey sent today, amounts to many hours of work from yourself and your team and I am overwhelmed with your generosity.      

                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Thank you and all the best in 2017.                                                                                                                                        Ron Harrison, Principal, Chancellor State College”.

Rowing Presentation Night 27th April 2017

As you can see 27th April was an extremely busy day which concluded with a celebration of our rowing season. Congratulations to our Head Coach, Steph Burgess, President Shelley Anderson, Treasurer Ian Ferguson, Secretary Kristin Seymour, our great staff, coaches and most importantly our rowers. It was a privilege to honour the award recipients and all of the girls- the quiet achievers who participate, persist and love their sport.   

Department of Education and Training (DET) Government Schools in Richmond and Prahran

MGC welcomes the building of two new high schools nearby. Under DET rules this means boundary changes to ensure that students are enrolled at their nearest government school. This document on our website outlines the Year 7 enrolment policy agreed with DET


DET modelling indicates that even beyond 2020 all post code 3121 based girls will gain a place at the College as the MGC enrolment provision for 50% of the next closest girls shows this clear intent.

Kind Regards,

Karen Money

Year 10 News

Year 10 Camp

Between the 19th and 21st April the Year 10s went on camp. We set off all excited for the almost 2 hour long journey stopping in San Remo for a lunch break but ending up standing outside shivering from the cold instead. Soon enough we left the San Remo pelicans behind and crossed the bridge over to Phillip Island, the location of the camp. We all got to choose who we were in a cabin with so it was no surprise when the teachers read the names out. We were all grateful when we found out that the activity groups were comprised off a few cabins put together meaning that we would be with our friends. With our cabin and activity group numbers we set off to unpack and get settled before our first activity. For my activity group it was raft building.With helmets and lifejackets on we set off lifting planks of wood and plastic tubes and tying tight knots until we thought we had built a stable raft. Lifting our fragile rafts into the water we raced to paddle our rafts though the muddy lake around a marker and back to shore before taking it apart. We all came back laughing and muddy.


The following afternoon tea we set off to archery. Some of us were able to get the arrows on the targets while others sent arrows off into the trees. We had fun trying to find them though. After dinner we had free time before collecting up our sleeping bags and pillows and lying down to watch ‘Clueless’ accompanied by popcorn. After some chatting we all eventually got to sleep at a reasonable hour. We woke up early the next morning to a big day of activities. First up we had fun in an activity called team rescue. We were given a stretcher with a dummy on it, 2 ropes and 3 planks of wood with which we had to manoeuvre ourselves through a course without touching the ground. After morning tea we set off to the high ropes course. We were all very brave and had a go at either the balance focussed course or the strength focussed course or both. It was scary but exciting walking on thin wires 5m above the ground.


While we were at the high ropes course Ms Hajzler started chanting for baked potatoes which is what was for lunch that day. She was so worried that all the baked potatoes would be gone by the time we got there. In the end, my friends and I got there 15 minutes early but ended up being served last anyway. After lunch we headed back out to our third activity of the day. For my activity group it was our turn on the flying fox. 10m above the ground and 200m long, on this flying fox you and a friend could go together at the same time. We were allowed to run off the platform before launching ourselves flying down. It was so thrilling to be zooming along, completely safe, so high above the ground and for so long. After this we broke for afternoon tea before our last activity of the day, an initiative course. The group had to break in two and together make their way through a series of obstacles. These included a spider web in which no group member could go through the same hole and a balancing beam on which we had to rearrange ourselves into a specific order. It was a tie but since chocolate was on the line we needed to decide a definite winner and we were able to thanks to one of Mrs Etheridge’s Disney quizzes.


Later that evening we all assembled back in the dining room for a 6 round trivia night with Mr Kazi as the quiz master. The questions were on every topic you could imagine including physiology, celebrities, geography and music. We woke up even earlier the next morning to heavy rain which ruined the day we had planned. Everyone was happy with the new arrangements to stay inside and watch either ‘Mamma Mia’ or ‘The Devil Wears Prada’ or brave the elements and go on a walk to Smith’s Beach (as was planned for my activity group that day). After the movies had finished and the very wet beach walk group were changed and dried, we all had lunch.


Then it we had time to go and I know I was definitely sad that our time at camp was over. No group got a chance to do all the activities partially due to rain and partially due to time. For my group these were canoeing and the giant swing which I heard the other groups had lots of fun doing. This was a really special camp with lots of time to bond and relax, it was so nice to be there with the whole year level for once. My most special moments happened in our cabin though. At night we would sit down together and join in in rounds of games while the others had showers. Where ever we were going we would always go as a group, sometimes even having a role call before we left.  Thank you to all the teachers that attended camp but especially to Ms Tellefson and Ms Storrie for working tirelessly behind the scenes to make it happen.


By Nyah Seelig – Schattner





The National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) tests for Years 7 and 9 students will be held on Tuesday 9 May, Wednesday 10 May and Thursday 11 May. NAPLAN tests assess student knowledge and skills in Writing, Reading, Language Conventions (spelling, grammar and punctuation) and Numeracy. There is a change for 2017 – there will be only one numeracy test whereas in past years there have been two.


The results of the tests provide information for students, parents, teachers and principals which can be used to improve student achievement.


All students are expected to participate in the NAPLAN tests. Catch-up tests will be available for individual students who are absent on test days on Friday 12 May.


Students may be withdrawn from NAPLAN testing by their parent or carer. Student Withdrawal Forms are available from [email protected] and must be completed and returned to the General Office prior to the tests.


Later in the year you will receive your child’s personal NAPLAN report. The report will describe your child’s particular skills in Reading, Writing, Language Conventions and Numeracy. The report will also show how your child performed in relation to national minimum standards. These describe minimum acceptable standards for students across Australia.


For more information about the tests, please visit the VCAA website at or the NAPLAN website at


Please find attached the Year 7 and Year 9 NAPLAN timetable . 



Brent Houghton

Assistant Principal

School Photos

School Photos

We have had a delay with the processing of school photographs, our apologies for this delay.


Brent Houghton

Assistant Principal

Legacy Day

Melbourne Legacy 86th Annual ANZAC Commemoration


On Friday 21st April, a group of students attended the Melbourne Legacy 86th Annual Anzac Commemoration for students at the Shrine of Remembrance. 


Thousands of students of the state participated in keeping the ANZAC spirit alive by commemorating the centenary of ANZAC and the sacrifices made by men and women who have served our country.


The Honourable Linda Dessau AC, Governor of Victoria addressed the students and discussed the importance of remembering to commemorate the women and men who have served our country during times of conflict and crisis. The ceremony included the Melbourne High Defence Force Cadets, school band & choir and a RAAF fly-over.


Separate from the event, the group of students led by Courtney McKenzie (School Co-Captain) honoured the 3000+ Australian nurses who served under terrible conditions during the Gallipoli campaign by laying a floral tribute at the Women’s Garden and Memorial Cairn.  


Eva Brightling (Humanities Captain) and Florence Honybun (Humanities Vice-Captain) were invited to lay a floral tribute at the Eternal Flame on the schools behalf.



Brooke Sandilands

Assistant to Humanities Leader



 Confucius Classroom News 

Congratulations Eve Otteraa

Congratulations to Eve Otteraa (10M1) who is currently studying Year 10 Chinese in Ms Elliott's class. She has received a scholarship for an exchange program to study Chinese in the city of Zhengzhou, China in August 2017. 


In March 2017, Eve applied for a 6 month scholarship with the World Exchange Program (WEP), where she submitted a video of 5 minutes explaining the reasons why she wanted to go to Zhengzhou and further her Chinese skills. She really looks forward to departing this August and being able to experience China's rich culture and beautiful country.

International Student Program News


The last fortnight since our last newsletter marked the beginning of ‘Homestay Visit Season’.  For an international student to be granted an international student visa from the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP), each student must show that they have someone to be their Welfare Provider (to make sure they are safe, attending school and making sufficient academic progress) and also that they have appropriate accommodation.  Not everyone has a Mum or Dad, or a close blood relative, who can move to Australia to take care of them, so most MGC international students ask the Department of Education to be their legal Welfare Provider. 


This means that our school is officially ‘Mum and Dad’ for 50 of our 64 current international students!  In theory, our Principal Ms Money represents the Department as Welfare Provider, but you can imagine that her busy day doesn’t allow her to look after all of the one million and one things a teenage student needs in her daily life! So MGC has the International Student Coordinator (ISC) to be ‘Mum’ for those 50 students under our welfare provision. 


The MGC International Student Program team, comprised of Lluani Williams (ISC), Jielei Cui and Lily Pham, together make sure that each student under our welfare provision can live with an ‘MGC approved’ homestay family.  We meet with each family to match the student with the family, and to make sure that every student continues to be safe and respectful of the MGC homestay policy, we make two subsequent visits per year to each homestay; one in term 2 and one in term 4. 


On Wednesday April 19th the year 10s went on camp to Phillip Island.  Our International Student Program Assistant Jielei Cui went along for the ride, with 11 year 10 international students.  They spent three days exploring Phillip Island, and they did activities like Team Rescue, Raft Making, Canoeing, High Ropes and a Trivia Night.  Everyone had a great time, and Jielei said that she’d never been on school camp during her own time at high school, so it was a first for everyone!



Student Profiles

Margaret LIU

Hello everyone!


I'm very glad to introduce myself to you all. My name is Margaret Liu. I'm an international student and I'm from Panjin, China. Panjin is a small city, but it's beautiful and four distinctive seasons. I had a wonderful childhood there. Until I was 15 years old, I decided to study aboard when I was in middle school and my parents also supported me. I came to Melbourne in January last year. At the beginning, I studied at language central for five months. It was the first place where I studied English. To be honest, I learned a lot of new knowledge since I came here, they improved myself and let me adapt better for life here. 


Moreover, I enjoy dancing in my spare time. Actually, I always wanted to learn dancing in China, but I didn't have enough time. However I can make the most of the time to do something I love to do now. I started to learn dancing from last year in May. Fortunately, I joined a dance group--' I AM Crew ' in March this year. I was so excited about that, and I was very grateful to my captain. Because she gave me such a chance let me see myself better and make me more confident. I'll cherish this opportunity and keep it up. Meanwhile, I'll also work hard and try my best to achieve my goals. 


Thank you!


Our group name is I AM Crew. And here's our dance video.


This is our performance video.



Hi everyone. I am an international student in Melbourne Girls ' College. My name is Luna Liang. I am in year 11. 

I come from Shanxi, China. I came to Melbourne just 9 months. Actually, I went to Australia to study because of a trip. My mom with me had a trip to Australia when I was 15 years old. We went to Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne, of course. I love the city because of its culture and beautiful views at first time. When I come back again for studying, I find out there people are friendly and warmth. I went to Hawthorn language school and stay in a homestay. My high school also cared of me. Lluani is just like a mother for me in a strange city. 

Time passed, l learned a lot about everything. I learned how live without my parents by myself. I learned how be more polite to people. I learned how to cook.

In Melbourne Girls' College, I really have a good experience and environment to study. 

I am in such an honour to own your time for reading, thank you.




Call for Story Tellers

We are all part of the Melbourne Girls’ College community, so we would like to hear the stories of some of the people that make up our diverse and colourful community.


We’d like you to share your story; where did you come from, where have you been?  If you have a family member, particularly a grandparent or older relative, who is a particularly good story teller, we’d like to invite them to tell us a story at school!  Please let us know!


League of Homestay Champions

If you are interested in hosting one of our fabulous international students, please contact Lluani Williams via the College number: 9428-8955, or by email: [email protected] , or you can pop by my office in room 302.  We are always looking for new Melbourne Girls’ College homestay families!




Year 7 News 

Year 7 Public Speaking Competition  

On Monday the 23rd of April, nine girls with a talent for public speaking went head to head in the Year 7 Public Speaking Competition. These girls had already competed in their class groups and had been selected as the top of their class!


The finalist were:

7C1- Alice Luxton

7C2- Laura Everett

7L1: Willow Noble

7L2: Jade Frame

7M1: Maryam Abdekhodaee

7M2 Jess Bell

7R1: Darby Stoffel

7R2 Ellie Bellsmith

7R3 Jolie Shipton


It was an amazing session, we listened to nine very persuasive people speaking about very interesting and entertaining subjects! The topics included Racism, Homelessness, Smoking and Should Drones be used as couriers?  All the girls did extremely well, but only three girls could get through to the next round. Jolie Shipton, Darby Stoffel and Maryam Abdekhodaee all had very high marks and were continuing into the whole school competition. All of the year seven level wish the girls good luck. I asked two students from year seven, asking what they thought of the spectacular competition.  Freya Myers said, “I thought that’s everyone was very well prepared and rehearsed. It was enjoyable to watch all the girls’ speeches and was interesting to hear everyone’s points of views and their topics.”  Maidie Spark remarked, “It was very interesting to hear all the girls’ style and how they spoke. I enjoyed hearing the broad range of topics. All the girls were amazing and did very well.”


Thank you, Freya and Maidie for giving your view on this event, and good luck to Jolie, Darby and Maryam and I know you will do extremely well at the whole school competition!


By Amelia Stroud


Physical World: A Year 7 Perspective

We spend 5 hours a week in our physical world classes, but what goes down in the classroom? What do the students really think about each 75-minute lesson? Do the students dread the classes or do their heart’s fill with joy at the prospect of the next lesson? I’m going to ask the questions so you can find out.

In our first term, we learnt how to use a Bunsen Burner- an idea that sent some people shaking in their shoes, and others who just couldn’t get enough of it. We compared the time it took for salt water and normal water to reach boiling point- a experiment that got mixed results. Some said that it was all done too fast and that they didn’t ‘get’ it. Others said that it wasn’t challenging enough. But the lessons that we do experiments in only happen once or twice a week, to the dismay of some. One of the great improvements in Science is the way you do actual experiments in Physical World.  In the In our other lessons, we have been focusing more on Geography and creating our own islands. For most people this was an enjoyable experience, allowing their creative sides to come through.


I asked a student, by the name of Jolie Shipton, to tell me about her experiences in Physical World. Jolie said that she ‘immensely enjoyed Physical World’ and that she was ‘comfortable with the amount of work given in class.’


This reporter believes that, while Physical World may not be her favourite subject, it is an important part of getting a balanced education.


By Jade Johnson, Roving Year 7 Reporter



Performing Arts News

2017 Music Camp 

On Friday, 28th April, 50 students travelled to Urban Camp in Parkville for their annual music camp.

They got stuck into rehearsing straight away, depending on if they were in the choir, band, strings or our a’capella show choir.


Saturday began with yoga with Julia Williams before a day of intensive rehearsal. Students deserved a well earned break, walking to Lygon Street for dinner, before returning to Urban Camp for “MGC’s Got Talent” Quest.


And what talent was displayed, with 16 acts, featuring soloists, duets, trios and quartets! The evening culminated with Sarah Richards teaching everyone an indigenous dance and the band jamming. Students were still playing at 10.30 at night- what energy!


We had time for a final rehearsal on Sunday morning before parents and friends arrived for the concert at 11am.


Our a’capella choir opened the concert with their stunning rendition of “Muma Who Bore Me”, and a sneak peek of their work in progress, “Hide and Seek”.

Our Choir then sang “Colours of the Wind”, “Seasons of Love” and were accompanied by the strings for “The Water is Wide”, arranged by Wen Chin.


The strings then played Vivaldi’s “Autumn” and Tchaikovsky’s “Neopolitan Dance”.

Then it was over to the band for their performances of the Looney Tunes theme, Asturias, Albeniz and Across the Track Blues,  featuring various students’ improvising.

We look forward to sharing the result of all their hard work at our Vocal Showcase on Tuesday, 27th June, and our String Soiree on Wednesday, 28th June. (Tickets via Trybooking)

Thank you to all our parents for their support and to all our wonderful students who were such a delight to work with.


A huge thank you to our music staff for giving up their weekend and for inspiring our music students:

Ellyce Calder, Wen Chin, Julia Williams & Tony Hicks.


We look forward to an even bigger and better Music Camp in 2018!


Anne Corry


Generations of Jazz

Best of luck to our MGC Saxophone Quartet, Chantel Wong, Eva Palamara, Miranda Moloney and Jessie Radda, pictured here at Music Camp. They are all Year 10 students who will be competing at the national Generations of Jazz Festival in Mount Gambier, South Australia this weekend! A huge thank you to Patsy Moloney and Janet Stevens for enabling this to happen.


Congratulations to Jamila Jalloh for being selected for the Melbourne Recital Centre’s Accelerando Program. Jamila is a Year 10 student currently doing Year 11 Music, majoring in voice.


Thank you to the following students from our a’capella Show Choir who performed at MGC’s Year 7 Information Evening last Wednesday:

Katy Anderson, Layla Enriquez-Tsilfidis, Leoni Geschwandtner, Anya Hemley, Ruby Lund, Ophelia Murray, Ruby Ricci, Tanya Schnyder & Riley Stoffell.



Attention All Vocalists!

Want to be part of MCG’s Soul Band?

Andy Clarke, our guitar teacher, is running rehearsals on Monday and Wednesday lunchtimes for our MGC Soul Band in the Music Room.

Register your interest by emailing Andy or just show up on which lunchtime suits you!

Here is an example of some of the songs they have been rehearsing:

I Say a Little Prayer - Aretha Franklin
Love on Top - Beyoncé
1612 - Vulfpeck



Dance Night

Dance Night is coming up on the 18th and 19th of May at 6:30PM! Tickets have not been released as yet but will be available through Try Booking as of next week.


Dance Night is a ‘concert’ where the students involved in dance have the opportunity to perform their learnt and choreographed works for parents/family and friends.




NAB Women In IT Workshop 

When I signed up for this program I didn’t know what to think. I was heavily interested in the STEAM program at our school, and after reading a little bit about what the program entailed, decided to join. It was truly an amazing experience. Not only was I able to work with my peers, but also got to join forces with many students from other schools in learning about the safety, dangers and wonders modern technologies has to offer. I was able to learn new things about IT and the careers and ever growing occupations in IT. At NAB, we were able to fully see the potential of the future of technology, as well as see how it is ever adapting. We were able to understand some dangers, and even how to prevent dangerous software and code from infecting our devices. We learnt far to many more things in this program that I don’t have room to mention here, but it was so beneficial to my peers and I that I would suggest all students to try it out. My thanks to NAB for hosting such a fun program, and for allowing us to gain knowledge in not only present and future careers for women in IT, but having such knowledgeable speakers. The NAB Women in IT program is definitely a highlight for me, and I will not be forgetting the skills and information it has taught me for many years to come. 


Ophelia Murray


Parents' Association

Uniform Shop

The change of terms brings a change of uniform so if you have winter uniform items such as skirts or blazers that your daughter has outgrown or no longer needs, please consider selling them through the MGC Second Hand Uniform Shop. 


We will purchase your uniform according to condition and pay you via cheque or EFT, no consignment!  Remember, a clean, neat and tidy uniform in good condition will be worth more!


We are also still taking other uniform items including sport uniforms and dresses if you have any to sell.


30% of our purchase price goes back to the Parents Association to help and support our school community. 


The uniform shop is open every Thursday lunch from 1-2pm and located in the canteen area. Your items may be left there during this time or at the office anytime during school hours. 


Please make sure your items are clearly marked and secured together in a bag to ensure they are not separated. Please enclose the attached filled out packing slip, so that we can pay you or contact you if we need.


Thank you 

MGC Parents’ Association

Uniform shop


Trivia Night

Save the Date: 27th May

Our biggest event of the year is almost here!

The Trivia night is only a few weeks away and tickets will be on sale very soon, so start getting a table together. Remember – every year we sell out very quickly.

If you don’t have a group in mind we can put you with others wanting to meet other parents. We will let you know as soon as the tickets are up on try booking.


At this stage we REALLY NEED your donations. If you or anyone you know has a business that would like to donate something for the silent auction or the major auction, now is the time we need it.

We will of course plug the business wherever we can.

We need…



Café/restaurant vouchers

Weekend getaways

Vouchers for services

Hampers of goodies or 

Anything you might like to donate that people will bid for on the night!


Your daughter will directly benefit from the monies raised at the Trivia night. We really appreciate your support.


If you can’t come on the night but would like to help out – you may like to sponsor a table for $100.

We will have details soon of how you can do that and also how your daughter can make a class donation toward a class voucher or product of their choice once we have collected their donations. Last year some classes donated enough for beautiful day spa packages, JB vouchers, Myer vouchers and much more.

The class that collects the most will win their choice of a chocolate hamper to share or a pizza lunch.


Please take your donations of goodies etc directly to the office or we can have them collected from a business if need be.

Please email or call if you need any more info -


Thank you in advance for your support from the Parents’ Association.


Phone – 

Gailean 0438700369

Email – [email protected] or [email protected]



Environment News

Earth Hour

Earth Hour is a worldwide movement organized by WWF. The event is held annually encouraging individuals, communities, households and businesses to turn off their lights for one hour as a symbol for their commitment to the planet. It was started as a lights-off event in Australia, in 2007 and since then has grown and grown. As MGC does this year we took it that next few steps further, having a lunchtime carbon free karaoke event, powered by bikes and ergos (rowing machines). This event encouraged students to perform with friends and was very entertaining for all who watched. Thank you for everyone who helped. This really does show that if we can power karaoke with bikes, than we can really do anything. Thank you.


Lucy Skelton


2017 Camps, Sport and Excursion Funding​

(CSEF) Applications are Open

Families holding a valid means-tested concession card or temporary foster parents are eligible to apply.

Each family receives $225 per year paid for eligible secondary school ​students. A special consideration eligibility category also exists.


Payments are made directly to the school and are tied to the student. 


Please note: If you applied in 2016 your application will carry over to 2017. You do not need to submit a new application unless your circumstances have changed.


Please submit applications to the Front Office or any questions please email [email protected]


Applications Close- June 23rd, 2017.



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